The Arab Nationalist Advisor

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Shaykh Yusuf Yassin (1892–1962) marked the contemporary history of the Kingdom of Sa'udi Arabia in his capacity as a favorite advisor who was the founder monarch's confidential secretary, relentless envoy and chief foreign policy consultant. Joseph Kéchichian has written the first political biography of the statesman, based on original documents [the Yassin Papers] as well as Western diplomatic correspondence. Kéchichian provides insights into the Nationalist Al Sa'ud Advisor who left his mark on Sa'udi Arabia. The volume provides essential background on a man who rose from humble origins in Syria to espouse Arabian values, and walks the reader through nearly five decades of Arab history, including the repercussions of the infamous 1916 Sykes– Picot Agreement, the creation of the League of Arab States, and various Arab crises.


Joseph A. Kéchichian is the author of ten published books, including Faysal: Saudi Arabia’s King for All Seasons (2008), as well as Succession in Saudi Arabia (2001), Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies, (2008), and Legal and Political Reforms in Saudi Arabia (2013), and most recently ‘Iffat al Thunayan: An Arabian Queen (2015).